Promoting Fair Regulations

As Good Farmers and Great Neighbors, we believe it’s important to advocate for robust and fair regulations to protect the health of our community and environment, while enabling our homegrown industry to thrive for our local economy and residents. In both State and County-level initiatives and hearings we are making our voice heard to make to ensure the adoption of best practices in our county and beyond.

County Initiatives and Actions

Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting – July 14

Make your voice heard by July 13 at 5pm

Join us in support of all farming, especially sun grown, pesticide free cannabis cultivation providing an equal opportunity for many of our community to fully participate and benefit economically – creating more than 4,000 jobs countywide.
New guidelines to provide public comment to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors:
To make a general public comment or to comment on a specific agenda item, the following methods are available:
  • Distribution to the Board of Supervisors: Submit your comment via email prior to 5 p.m.. on the day prior to the Board meeting. Please submit your comment to the Clerk of the Board at: [email protected]. Your comment will be placed into the record and distributed appropriately.
  • By Phone: If you would like to make a comment by phone, please call (805) 568-2240 and state your name, your phone number and which item you would like to speak on and the clerk will call you at the appropriate time. Please make every effort to be available and mute all streaming devices once it is your turn to speak.
  • You may observe the live stream of the Board of Supervisors meetings on:

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The COVID-19 crisis has created anxiety and uncertainty in the future outlook of our business, the opportunity to partner with essential businesses such as cannabis and agriculture helps us retain our workers and be optimistic about the future. We are stronger together.

Industrial EatsBuellton

We are a small business restaurant serving the local community and the tourist industry – we are fortunate our local cannabis farmers and others have always been a steadfast customer and supporter.  We will get through these difficult times together.

Floriano’s Mexican FoodLompoc

The COVID-19 crisis has created anxiety and uncertainty in the future outlook of our business, the opportunity to partner with essential businesses such as cannabis and agriculture helps us retain our workers and be optimistic about the future. We are stronger together.

PattibakesBuellton

State policy initiatives

In September 2019, Governor Newsom signed two Senate bills – SB 527 and SB 657 – which should benefit California’s cannabis growers in the long run, freeing up additional farmland for cannabis cultivation and enabling the state to compile annual reports on the California cannabis crop.

California Cannabis farmers, especially many of us who have transitioned from traditional crop farming and are moving toward a more diverse cultivation model that is more sustainable are very pleased and applaud the Governor for signing SB 657 and SB 527. Taken together will these new state laws will allow cannabis and hemp farming to be more aligned with the recently passed Federal Farm Act of 2018 and other local and state measures that help provide economic stability in cannabis cultivation.

John De Friel, CEO of Central Coast Agriculture

Currently AB-228, co-authored by State Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry and Senator Wilk, is in the State Senate after passing the Assembly.

We believe this legislation is a vital precursor to a vibrant hemp cultivation and processing market for interstate commerce. Part of this vital precursor is giving California licensed operators the ability to:

  • Use dual purpose existing infrastructure from cultivation to processing, and
  • Utilize independent research and testing labs just as traditional farmers and processors have done for years under the California Sherman Act and CDFA rules and guidelines.
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